Online Time Wasters – Social Media

May 14th, 2009, in Internet, News, by

Indonesians are tops for online time wasting, or are just very virtually sociable and friendly.

With a population of 200+ million of whom about 25 million have access to the internet Indonesia will naturally figure highly in worldwide statistics and data detailing usage of popular websites, while for social networking and 'elite' techno type sites Indonesians tend to pre-dominate disproportionately in the stats.

Mass Market - Social Networking

The social networking sites Friendster and Facebook, both of which allow you to connect with 'friends'.

This graph from Google Trends estimates the number of daily users from Indonesia in the last 12 months to friendster.com and facebook.com:


Facebook with north of 2 million Indonesian visitors a day and Friendster heading southwards but still with a million uniques.

According to Google Trends Indonesians account for the greatest number of users of Friendster by country:

  1. Indonesia
  2. Philippines
  3. Malaysia
  4. United States
  5. Singapore

While for Facebook Indonesia is fourth in raw numbers terms:

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Italy
  4. Indonesia
  5. France

Tiny Technorati Market - Plurk & Twitter

Plurk and Twitter are micro-blogging or micro-messaging sites where users chronicle and share the things they do, the way they feel, and any other things they feel like mentioning, in a very brief way.


Plurk with about 30,000 daily visitors from Indonesia, Twitter rapidly catching up and likely to overtake shortly.

Country rankings for Plurk:

  1. Taiwan
  2. Indonesia
  3. Philippines
  4. United States
  5. China

And for Twitter, Indonesia is just in the top ten:

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Japan
  4. Canada
  5. Germany
  6. Australia
  7. India
  8. Brazil
  9. Indonesia

19 Comments on “Online Time Wasters – Social Media”

  1. avatar Astrajingga says:

    Statistic says it all. Judging from how many comments each Indonesiamatters posting can also explains well. Especially when Dating Indonesian Girls has 1,607 comments.

    Boy, I’m one of those millions time-wasters.

  2. avatar fullmoonflower says:

    xixixixi……. 😆

  3. avatar Lairedion says:

    True. The amount of silly quizzes taken by Indonesians in Facebook is staggering… 😕

  4. avatar indonesiabraveheart says:

    Lotta indonesians with amazing “knowledge” about the internet …

    proudly visit facebook with their silly blackberry everytime …

  5. avatar bismarck says:

    The stats are misleading. There are a lot more time wasters in India and China, but they use sites that are not popular in the Western countries. In India, Orkut is more popular than facebook. The Chinese have their own services. But still pretty impressive.

  6. avatar fullmoonflower says:

    Kang Lairedion…. are you a facebooker too? 🙂

    me too… hehehe

  7. avatar Lairedion says:

    Ingkang mbakyu FMF,

    Yes, it is great but every time I log in I have to hit the ignore button a couple of times to discard all those invitations and quiz requests I receive from the Indonesians in my network. 🙂

    So it’s pretty much in line with the topic of this thread. 🙂

  8. avatar fullmoonflower says:

    Yeah…
    There are more than 200 requests I haven’t response yet in my requests box…. and I’ll ignore them when I have time…

    Anyway, the positive thing I got from Facebook is I found my old friends from pre-school, kindergarten until University, even my ex neighbors… and also my cousins I never met… 🙂

  9. avatar farya_marukh says:

    rightey… rightey…
    that’s why everytime cellphone manufacturers market their new hi-tech products, Indonesia most of the time being at the top of the list…
    for the similar reason… technology here is about anything on one’s hand nothing to do with one’s head, duh!!! the head is still the same eventhough we indonesian wear clothes that can connect to the internet and in the same time do some quantum physics calculation whatever…
    Do u all know that most western cafes in indonesia have “ayam goreng” as best seller?
    wonder why… well, u got the point…

  10. avatar Lairedion says:

    Apparently some clerics are also worried with Indonesian’s behaviour on Facebook.

    Indonesian clerics want rules for Facebook

  11. avatar Astrajingga says:

    Muslim clerics are…saying the…Facebook could encourage illicit sex

    All this time I wasted my precious time on Facebook and not finding the right button to click.

    Has anybody found that button? If I get that button, for sure, I won’t click “Ignore”. Can anyone tell me which button to click to get that illicit sex. I wanna! I wanna! I wanna!

    Or is it a special button known only to the muslim clerics? What the muslim clerics want, I think, is a Facebook that encourage kawin siri.

  12. avatar Andy says:

    True astrajingga, I can’t find that button either…..But you know i’m quite sure that these muslims aren’t doing it cos if they were they wouldn’t be such miserable ****s would they.

  13. avatar Chris says:

    What interests me is:

    – How does Indonesia compare to other countries per capita? (As you said, Being the 4th most populous country does tend to distort the numbers a little).

    – What about a comparison of rates as a proportion of total Indonesian Internet users? (It says there are 25 million in the article above).

    Can that be done?

  14. avatar David says:

    This is by share of population – http://www.nickburcher.com/2009/04/facebook-usage-statistics-by-population.html although Indonesia is not in the list. For Indonesia I think it’s just under one million facebook users.

  15. avatar a-matter-of-fact says:

    No wonderIndonesian becomes so unproductiv, if these people a wasting time at IM or elsewhere.

    But guress not becaus there is a population exploding elsewere in Indonesia where people do is just to push the right buton and the population increases..

    Well without the lights on who cares anyway.

    I think Patung can’t even be botheres.

    By the year 2050 the Indonesian population mgiht increase to somewhere around 350 million may be. Another 100 million of potential Islamic followers.

  16. avatar Mike Oxblack says:

    I believe this phenomenon is known as ‘Social not working’

  17. avatar David says:

    This gives real-time stats for Facebook users by country – http://www.checkfacebook.com/

  18. avatar Chris says:

    Interesting update in The Jakarta Post (East Java editon) on Monday 14/9:

    Facebook Blocked for Government Employees

    The Surabaya municipal administration has blocked civil servants from accessing the top social networking websites Facebook, Friendster and instant messaging tool Yahoo Messenger, blaming the Internet sites for a decline in performance.

    In the article, social networking sites are blamed for:
    – slowing Internet access of the Government network.
    – reducing employee performance as a result of spending too much on their time on FB.
    – overloading bandwidth, preventing CCTV traffic cameras from being displayed properly in the Surabaya Area Traffic Control System room.
    – AND increasing the level of divorce among city employees, as a result of love affairs initiated on the social sites.

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